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PAGASA AT BACOLOD CONFERENCE
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Friday, 17 August 2012
PAGASA AT BACOLOD CONFERENCEPAGASA AT BACOLOD CONFERENCE PAGASA attended the PASI Conference at Bacolod on 16-17 August 2012 at the L'Fisher Hotel.  There were seven from Cebu, two from Bataan/Zambales, one from Tuguegarao (despite the on-going typhoon in that area during that time!) and six from Metro Manila/Bulacan area. After the learning, the delegates decided to go on a nature-trip in the province of Negros Occidental on 18 August. Needless to say, it was a riotous and fun-filled activity. For more pictures, Bacolod Conference
 
Increase in Cigarette Taxes
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Tuesday, 28 August 2012
Increase in Cigarette Taxes Increase in Cigarette Taxes PAGASA was invited to the Senate's Session Hall to contest the proposed/controversial 706% increase in cigarette taxes and to present our position on said Sin Taxes. The Hearing took the whole of 23 Aug. 2012 but only accomplished hearing the side of the manufacturers both for alcohol, cigars and cigarettes.  Sen. Ralph Recto is the Chairman of the Ways & Means Committee of the Upper House.  Present on that day were Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile, Senators Ferdinand Marcos Jr., Franklin Drilon and Pia Cayetano. Resource people included DOF Sec. Cesar Purisima, BIR Commissioner Kim Henares and many other officers involved in this Issue.  Hearing for the retailers resume on 30 Aug. 2012. Being in Senate and monitoring the presentations of the pro- and anti-bill proponents, PAGASA gets a better big picture of the situation.
 
DOLE's CAREER GUIDE FOR RETAILERS AND WHOLESALERS
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Wednesday, 22 August 2012
DOLE's CAREER GUIDE FOR RETAILERS AND WHOLESALERS DOLE commissioned De la Salle University's Lecturer Christopher Cabuay to come up with career guides for various occupations.  On 22 Aug., he invited PAGASA and other retailers to La Salle Campus' Ramon del Rosario Sr. Bldg. in Manila to comment on their prepared Guide to confirm the accuracy of their paper.
 
Exemptions on Truck Ban Delivering Relief Items
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Wednesday, 22 August 2012
Exemptions on Truck Ban Delivering Relief Items Exemptions on Truck Ban Delivering Relief Items DTI Meeting with MMDA on Exemptions on Truck Ban Delivering Relief Items to and from Supermarkets/Relief Centers. MMDA Usec. Corazon T. Jimenez (in red) met with members of the Phil. Chamber of Food Manufacturers, Philbaking and PAGASA to announce the lifting of the truck ban in certain affected cities/municipalities during calamities for a period of five (5) days from when disaster striked. Moderating the Meeting was Director of the Bureau of Trade Regulation and Consumer Protection (BTRCP) Atty. Victorio Dimagiba of the DTI at his office on 22 August 2012.  All stakeholders agreed to cooperate and help out asap during periods of difficulty.
 
HEAVY RAINS + FLOODING = HEAVY BUYING
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Monday, 13 August 2012

HEAVY RAINS + FLOODING = HEAVY BUYING

HEAVY RAINS + FLOODING = HEAVY BUYING HEAVY RAINS + FLOODING = HEAVY BUYING

HEAVY RAINS + FLOODING = HEAVY BUYING HEAVY RAINS + FLOODING = HEAVY BUYING During the wee hours of August 7, 2012, heavy rainfall due to a Low Pressure Area/Monsoon Rains resulted in flooding all over Metro Manila.  Some stores were inundated and roads were inaccessible.  For those which opened, they experienced long queues at the counters. Being heavily undermanned because employees living in low-lying areas had no ride and access to work, supermarkets continued to service wary but calm customers all day through.

 
National Retail Conference & Exhibition
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Friday, 10 August 2012

National Retail Conference & Exhibition National Retail Conference & Exhibition National Retail Conference & Exhibition

For 2012, the National Retail Conference & Exhibition (NRCE) was attended by six delegates from PAGASA. It was held at the SMX on 9-10 August. Robert Go of the Visayas region's Prince Warehouse Club chain of supermarkets went with eldest daughter Rhea and other manager-relatives.  Frances J. Yu of the Rustan Super Centers, Inc. gave a very inspiring, holistic and dynamic perspective of people-centered and service-oriented supermarket management.  To add spice to the presentations at the Conference, the topic of "Retailtainment" was tackled by the SM Group, the Ayala Group and Megaworld's "Lifestyle Malls" which gave the delegates a taste of Broadway's "The King and I" about to be performed at the theatre of Resorts World Manila.

 
IRR of the Plastic Bag Reduction Ordinance
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Thursday, 26 July 2012
IRR of the Plastic Bag Reduction Ordinance To follow through on the Public Hearing held by the Quezon City Government regarding its ordinance on the regulated use of plastic bags, staff of the QC Environmental Protection and Waste Management Department invited their consultant, Mr. Christopher L. Sabarez to dialogue with PAGASA's QC Members at Max's Restaurant at the Quezon Circle on 26 July 2012.  Camille Cammayo, Hirene Villanueva and Ronnie Perez of EPWMD were there to answer questions on the Internal Rules & Regulations of said Ordinance effective August 1, 2012.
 
Leveraging Online Marketing to Expand Internationally
Written by Wave Technologies, Inc.   
Wednesday, 11 July 2012
STC Leveraging Online Marketing to Expand Internationally was invited to a seminar organized by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council on 7/11/12: "Leveraging Online Marketing to Expand Internationally" at Intercontinental Hotel Manila under Southeast Asian & India Region Head Loretta Wan and Simon Lo who are both based in Bangkok. They are exploring opportunities with PAGASA since their visit/meeting here last December.
 
Forum on Plastic Bag Reduction
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Friday, 06 July 2012
OForum on Plastic Bag ReductionForum on Plastic Bag Reduction n 6 July 2012, the City Council of QC called for a Forum on the Effective and Proper Implementation of Ordinances on Plastic Bag Reduction: SP2140 and SP2103 at the Bulwagan Amoranto of the City Hall where Mayor Herbert M. Bautista  and Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte-Alimurung attended. Sponsored by Coun. Dorothy “Doray” A. Delarmente of Dist. I, the piece of legislation was patterned after PAGASA’s Position Paper (see file) on Plastic Bags Regulation, as intimated by staff of the Environmental Protection and Waste Management Department of the City Government. The Unit is headed by Ms. Federika C. Rentoy. Customers who do not bring a used plastic bag for retailers to collect will be charged P2.00 which will go to a Green Fund to be used by retailers solely for initiating environment-friendly projects for their neighborhood. Ecowaste Coalition’s Ofel Panganiban stands between STC and Daily Supermarket’s Desmond Chua together with officials of QC City Government in charge of private wet markets.
 
PAGASA BOD 2nd Quarter Meeting
Written by Wave Technologies, Inc.   
Wednesday, 27 June 2012
TPAGASA BOD 2nd Quarter Meeting he PAGASA Board held its 2/Q Meeting at Congo Grille T. Morato to discuss the on-going consolidation of the supermarket industry.  Present (clockwise) were 680’s Johnny Lim (in yellow), Welcome Supermart’s Steven Cua, Simplicity Ministop’s Fred Gravador, Purity Supermarket’s William Villanueva and (formerly) Parco Supermarket’s Patrick Ong. All other directors were out-of- the-country/town for trade shows/business.
 
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